Do Poems Really End?: A Poetry Workshop
What is the end of a poem? What is its function? What makes one ending stronger than another? What do you do with a line you think "would make a good ending of a poem" that you have yet to write or perhaps even to conceive of? How does the end of a poem differ from the end of a collection? Can, even should, we consider them relational? When should you sacrifice sense or accretion in your poem for a randomly great ending? Do poems even really end? If so, why? This workshop concerns the effect and idea of the end of a poem as both protagonist and antagonist of your own writing. We will study poems, in finished form and midst revision, from antiquity to the present in concert with your own poems in an intensive inquiry into the power, the glory and the myth of the end.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the award-winning author of poetry collections The Ground and Heaven, as well as the collection of literary essays When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. He has been the recipient of an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Pen/Osterweil Prize for Poetry and the GLCA New Writers Award. A Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, Phillips has taught at Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College and at Stony Brook University where he is a professor of English and director of the Poetry Center.